Comments made by ESTYN following our latest Inspection.
The school is expecting another inspection in 2013, but the comments below are taken from our latest inspection report in 2007. The full report can be viewed on

This is a very good school. There have been outstanding features in the quality of its external GCSE and Advanced Level examination results for the past three years and it provides outstanding quality of care and guidance for its pupils and students.”

“The quality of KS3 test and assessment results is good.”

“Pupils at KS3 make good progress in their learning, understanding and new skills in Y7–Y9 regardless of social, ethnic or linguistic background.”

“The pupils make very good progress between KS3 and KS4 and sixth form students also make very good progress.”

“Pupils with additional learning needs make good progress.”

“…pupils with additional learning needs, including dyslexic pupils, are given good support.”

“Additional learning needs are well taught.”

“This school is a safe, close knit community with a sense of ‘family’. It reflects the local community’s values and traditions in terms of language, and culture. Its expectations as regards behaviour are high.”

“Pupils are very well-behaved in the classroom and this creates very good learning conditions.” “Pupils’ and students’ behaviour around the school is also very good.”

“Pupils’ and students’ spiritual, social, moral and cultural development is very good.”

“The school’s care arrangements are planned and managed in detail and very effectively. The caring, friendly and supportive ethos permeates throughout the school.”

“The school’s procedures for monitoring attendance, punctuality and behaviour are good. The procedures for monitoring pupil performance are very good. Heads of year monitor and track pupil performance very effectively and note underachievers.”

“….(the) pupils’ and students’ bilingual proficiency and the standards of their speaking and listening in both languages are outstanding. Pupils’ standards in reading and writing across the curriculum are good. Students’ standards of reading and writing in their subjects are outstanding. The standards in the remainder of the key skills and wider key skills are good.”

“Pupils listen to their teachers and to each other in an outstanding manner.” “Good numeracy skills.” “The standards of information presentation by means of information technology, information handling and computer modelling across the curriculum are good.”” The standards of students’ problem solving skills and also their ability to work together are good.”

“The school’s curriculum offers good breadth, balance, flexibility, cohesion and progression.”

“The learning experiences meet sixth form students’ wishes well. By cooperating particularly well with a good number of partners, the school offers a very good range of Advanced Subsidiary and Advanced Level courses in which students can gain accreditation.
Learning experiences broaden and enrich pupils’ experience through a wide and very good variety of activities, including provision out of school hours and off-site.”

“Learning experiences respond well to the needs of employers and the wider community. There are outstanding features in some aspects of this provision.”

Comments on the Sixth Form -

“Oral proficiency is outstanding.”

“Standards of listening, writing and reading are outstanding.”

“Every aspect of their language work displays accuracy, maturity, a wide vocabulary and a natural ease of expression.”

“Students measure, calculate, handle data and apply mathematics well.”

“Within information technology, standards of conveying and handling information and modelling are good.”

“The standards of students’ problem solving skills and also their ability to work together are good.”

“Students’ bilingual proficiency is outstanding.”

“Students’ progress in their learning is good with outstanding features.”

“Sixth form students display positive attitudes towards learning; they concentrate well and persevere very well with their work. This is also true of the vast majority of Y7-Y11 pupils.”

“Members of the sixth form work very well as ‘friends’ for younger pupils.”


“Pupils’ and students’ creative standards are outstanding.”

“Pupils’ and students’ ability to work independently is good."

“The school prepares its pupils and students in an outstanding manner to participate effectively in the community and workplace.”

“One hundred percent (100%) of lessons are of Grade 2 or Grade 1 quality. This compares very favourably with the national picture that Her Majesty’s Chief Inspector reported on in her annual report for 2005-2006. Nationally, the quality of the teaching is good or better (Grade 1 and 2) in 69% of lessons.”

“The school has outstanding success in promoting the bilingual skills of all the pupils.”

“The learning experiences develop pupils’ basic and key skills well”, “..... broaden and enrich pupils’ experience through a very good and wide variety of activities, including provision out of school hours and off-site,” “.....respond well to the needs of employers and the wider community. There are outstanding features in some aspects of this provision,”.....(and) deal well with social deprivation and stereotyping.”

“After forging early links with the primary schools, and as a result of the robust induction programme, pupils transfer with ease and settle down quickly at Ysgol Tryfan.” “The thorough pastoral links, the robust induction programme and the wide curricular links ensure the seamless transition. This is an outstanding feature of the care, the guidance and support.”

“The school’s procedures for monitoring attendance, punctuality and behaviour are good. The procedures for monitoring pupil performance are very good...”

“The school has the same high expectations of boys and girls.”

“The school has been very successful in promoting equality for all.”

“By means of the School Council and the ‘open door’ policy, the school considers pupils’ points of view well.”

“The pupil teacher ratio is very good.”

The school provides very good value for money by:
• supporting pupils and students to attain outstanding standards;
• providing outstanding care and support for pupils and students; and
• offering a good quality curriculum for the school’s population.”

• Bilingual education within a Welsh environment.

• Excellent external examination results: consistently amongst the highest-scoring schools in Wales with GCSE and A level results.

• A small school, where the staff know all the pupils well and pupils receive individual attention.

• Small teaching groups.

• A school which is keen to establish contact with parents.

• A school which provides pupils with many opportunities to develop their skills outside the classroom.

I enjoy being at Tryfan because everybody knows each other. Yes, it is a small school, but we have plenty of opportunities to be members of the P.E. teams such as netball, hockey, rugby, football etc There are also opportunities to get to know the teachers and for the teachers to get to know you. I’m glad I selected Tryfan – I’ve settled well! - Mia Jones Yr8

Tryfan is great. It is full of kind and considerate pupils and teachers who are always willing to help. Although it is a big building, it is small enough for you to get to know everybody and to have opportunities such as competing with the Urdd, and also to take part in experiments in Science. There is also good food in the canteen. I settled quickly here. - Erin Jones Yr8

I’m pleased I selected Tryfan. Everybody has the opportunity to do various things and all the teachers are kind. Because it is not a big school it is easy to find your way around. We also have opportunities to use the Welsh language as often as we can. - Anna Sethi Yr8

When I started at Ysgol Tryfan I wasn’t very confident with the Welsh language but now I am very confident and enjoy speaking Welsh. At the beginning I was scared of “big school” but it is like one big family here. The teachers are great and always there to help you. - Billie Forrest Bl8

I have thoroughly enjoyed myself at Tryfan. The teachers are brill! Going to Glanllyn at the start of Year 7 gave me the opportunity to make new friends. - Aran Smith Yr9

Since arriving at Ysgol Tryfan I have made many new friends and we have had many different opportunities to experience various activities. The lessons are fun and the food is good! - Manon Owen Yr9

I am proud to be a member of a community which includes friendly and lively pupils. All activities are fun! - Menai Lamers Jones Yr9

I pride myself in being a member of Ysgol Tryfan. I have had many interesting experiences. On the first day I was a bit scared, but I soon started enjoying myself. Tryfan is a very successful school. - Cadi Gwen Yr8

Ysgol Tryfan is fantastic! I’m extremely pleased to be a pupil here – all pupils are treated the same. - Teleri Livingston Yr9

There are many good teachers at Ysgol Tryfan. The school isn’t large so you can move from one place to the next quickly. - Idrees Ijaz Yr9

Ysgol Tryfan has helped me a lot to enjoy different experiences (including science experiments!). I have made new friends and I know all of the teachers. I was nervous at first but everyone is kind and they helped me to settle. - Gwen Roberts Yr9

I was afraid before coming to Tryfan, but with the help of the teachers, my confidence with Welsh improved greatly. - Branwen Gwyn Yr9

I enjoyed my first year at Tryfan – I only knew one person before starting, but by now I know almost everybody! - Eleri Turner Yr9

I think Tryfan is good because everyone knows each other. I’m looking forward to the next few years! - Shannon Mai Evans Yr9

Ysgol Tryfan is great! We have many opportunities to do various activities. Even the school dinners are good! We also have the opportunity to learn more about subjects such as Chemistry, Physics and Biology. - Guto Evans Yr10

Before coming to Tryfan I was a bit shy about speaking Welsh, but now I’m very confident in speaking with different people. - Danielle Parry Yr10

After a short time, you get to know everybody. All the teachers are friendly. There are opportunities to do various things, from skiing to fun trips! - Owain Parry Yr10

Ysgol Tryfan is a school which gives everybody the opportunity to take part, be it in music, sport, science and much more. Due to the size of the school, the teachers are able to give the pupils more individual attention. - Mabon Llŷr Yr10

I have enjoyed taking part in various competitions . The school is one big family – everybody supports each other in whatever they are doing. - Carina Mundle-Garratt Yr10

Ysgol Tryfan was established in 1978 to offer bilingual education to the Bangor area in a naturally Welsh-speaking environment. Welsh is the school’s administrative and official language. The school’s aim is to develop pupils who can express themselves clearly and discuss their work confidently, in both Welsh and English.

The fact that a pupil’s Welsh is weak or that he/she comes from a non-Welsh speaking home should not prevent that pupil from coming to Tryfan in Year 7. If there is a commitment to learn and persevere then success is assured.

Most of the lessons at Ysgol Tryfan are conducted through the medium of Welsh. We discuss the linguistic background of pupils with their primary school teachers and are given guidance on the pupils' ability in the language. If a child is fluent in Welsh, then it is Welsh that is used in all the lessons, apart from English as a subject.

This is a concern for a significant number of our pupils- 40% come from English-speaking homes and a further 20% from homes where only one parent speaks Welsh. Their experience is that this is not as much of a problem as they had anticipated. In some cases e.g. Mathematics, we have English translations of the workbooks and we can give you a copy so that you can offer to help your child. Whilst placing this emphasis on the Welsh language, we will, at all times, keep an eye on the development of the children's English and we purposely make use of English in their subjects from time to time. In Science, Technology and Mathematics in particular, all of the terms are introduced bilingually.

For those who feel that they require more assistance with the Welsh language at Ysgol Tryfan, we will give them special attention for their Welsh, History, Geography and Religious Education lessons. We will be discussing this with the primary school teachers. It may be possible to study Mathematics through the medium of English since the same text-books are available in both languages. In the same way, if we see that a child has some difficulty, we can also allow them to do their written work in English in Science. In order to allow parents to be of assistance to their children, homework may be submitted in English in these subjects. Every pupil will sit external examinations in Welsh (First Language).

All the correspondence that you receive from school will be bilingual and we will make sure that you understand every report on your child's progress by providing you with bilingual copies at your request. In order to promote the school’s Welsh ethos, staff will encourage pupils to speak Welsh - in the classroom and also around the school. They will always be prepared to hold discussions with you in Welsh or English, as you prefer.

Ysgol Tryfan is situated on Ffriddoedd Road, in Upper Bangor.

It is in a superb location, facing the mountains of Eryri. Some of the buildings are those of the former grammar school for girls and there are also purpose-built buildings such as a gymnasium, workshops etc.

We would be very pleased to welcome you to the school and provide you with an opportunity to see the buildings, the resources available and give you the chance to talk to some of the teachers. Whenever possible, you are requested to telephone beforehand so that we can make arrangements, but this is not essential.

We would be willing for your child to accompany you and we can also make arrangements for him/her to spend some time at the school and even attend lessons so that he/she can gain first hand experience of life at the school.

Each pupil who decides to come to Ysgol Tryfan will be given an invitation to spend a day at the school in late June/ early July, although there is a strong possibility that they will already have spent some time with us previous to this date.

If you live further than 3 miles from the school, and are within the school’s official catchment area (approximately Llanfairfechan – Llandygai - Y Felinheli) a school bus, free of charge, will collect your child. If you live a little closer - e.g. Maesgeirchen or the far end of Penrhos, a subsidised bus service is available (30p at present).

The school opens at 8.30 a.m. and the day starts at 8-55 a.m. with registration and Assembly.  There is a mid-morning break of 15 minutes, between 11-10 and 11-25 a.m. and the lunch-hour is between 12-25 and 1-25 p.m. The day ends at 3.30 p.m.

There are five hour-long lessons each day. There are 25 hours and 10 minutes of lesson time during the week - which conforms to the Welsh Assembly's recommendation. (This does not include time for classroom activities e.g. morning service, registration).

Teachers from the school visit every primary school in order to meet the children who will be coming to us. They find out who the pupils’ friends are and every attempt is made to keep these friends together following discussion with primary school teachers. If the pupil is not happy in the class during the first few weeks then arrangements can be made to transfer the pupil to another class.

Most subjects are taught in mixed ability groups, but there is some “setting” in Mathematics, Welsh and French in Year 7. The grouping arrangements are reviewed regularly and we do move pupils between sets in the course of the year.

In Year 7, we have smaller groups for Mathematics, Welsh, English and Science. Teachers with experience of teaching the subject and also experience in dealing with the needs of pupils with learning difficulties will teach these groups. They will be doing the same work as the other groups. The head of the SEN department is Mr Eifion Jones. He visits each primary school to discuss the needs of children with learning difficulties. We will have made preparations for them by the start of the year and will have arranged for them to be in smaller groups for certain subjects.

The school works closely with County Council officers to respond to the needs of pupils with Special Educational Needs in order to ensure that they receive the necessary additional assistance.

In accordance with the 1993 Education Act, the school keeps a register of pupils with Special Educational Needs.

Students from the Sixth Form also provide additional assistance to pupils who have difficulties with reading and numeracy on a weekly basis.

Every year, the schools’ Governing Body asks one of the members to take a special interest in the schools’ response to pupils with learning difficulties.

If this is the case, he/she will only be in a smaller group for that one subject. It  does not mean that the pupil will require special assistance in all the subjects.

Yes, certainly. We will monitor the development of these pupils frequently and very carefully and move them from the smaller group (or to the smaller group) if necessary. We will keep you fully informed of the situation.

Pupils with Special Educational Needs are integrated with the rest in other subjects. Their teachers will be aware of their problems and will receive advice from the Special Needs Department. The Head of the Special Needs department will be monitoring progress and receiving regular reports from the other subject teachers.

The school will ensure that steps are taken to provide the child with the opportunity to nurture and develop that talent - be it an academic or a non-academic talent. If you wish to discuss this further then please do not hesitate in contacting the school.

These are the subjects studied in Year 7 along with the weekly time allocation:

Welsh (3 hours) English (3 hours)
Mathemateg (3 hours) French (2 hours)
Science (3 hours) Technology (2 hours)
Art (1 hour) Music (1 hour)
Physical Education (2 hours) Religious Education (1 hour)
History (1 hour) Geography (1 hour)
Class Tutorial (½ hour) Information Technology (1 hour)
‘Gorwelion’ (1 hour) (incl. Health Education and Drama)
(Personal and Social Education )

We believe that parents have an important role in a child’s development, so we are keen to get to know you and to let you know what is happening at the school.

Soon after you child has started at the school, we will invite you in to have a general discussion with all of your child’s teachers and you will be given information about the work that they will be doing during the course of the year.

Various methods are used to assess your child, but we rely mainly on continuous assessment . The teachers assess every aspect of the pupils’ work in the classroom during normal teaching sessions. Occasionally, tests are also used. You will be given information about your child’s progress through formal reports, three times a year. You will receive the first in December, the second in March and the third, in the form of a full report, at the end of the year. These reports will tell you how well your child has done and how hard he/she is working (grades will be given for Achievement and for Effort). You will be invited to respond in writing to these reports and you may ask for an interview with the teachers.

Once during the year (but twice during Year 7- September & January) you will be invited to the school to discuss your child’s work with the teachers.

You are most welcome to contact the school at any time to discuss your child’s progress or any other problem. You should do this by telephoning the Head of Year 7, Mrs Morfydd Lloyd Roberts.

We can provide you with an interim report or can give you the opportunity to discuss your child’s progress with specific teachers at any time.

All of the teachers will be keeping an eye on the progress in their particular subject. Each class has a Form Tutor who also keeps a general eye on the progress of pupils in his/her care. If a teacher is worried about a pupil’s development he/she goes first to the Form Tutor. In the same way, the Form Tutor is informed if a pupil shows a significant improvement.

Mrs Elin Angharad Jones is responsible for the team of Form Teachers for Year 7. She also has overall responsibility for the pupils and for placing them in their classes.

As your child progresses through the school, other teachers will be responsible for him/her-

Mr Eifion Jones Head of Year 8
Mrs Eleri Roberts Head of Year 9
Mr Gwilym Jones Head of Year 10
Mr Meurig Jones Head of Year 11
Mrs Cheryl Roberts Head of the Sixth Form

The whole school starts each day with a Christian service. Four days out of five, this is held in the school Hall. If parents wish to exclude their child from these services, arrangements can be made by contacting the school.

Religious Education, which concentrates on teaching and developing understanding of Christianity and other major religions, is taught to all the school’s pupils. It is a compulsory subject in years 7-11 and also available as an exam subject, as well as in PSE in Years 12 and 13.

The pupils are also given guidance on moral education and health education in the pastoral lessons.

Sex Education and Relationship is presented partly through the individual subjects and also through specific modules as a part of the pastoral lessons. Particular attention is given to moral discussions when discussing Sex Education and Relationship and care is taken to ensure that the material is suitable and relevant to the pupils' age. Sex Education and Relationship is first presented in Year 7. We would be pleased to provide parents with further details of what is taught and arrangements can be made for you to come in to see the materials used.

In accordance with the 1988/93 Education Act, parents can choose to exclude their children from the elements that are not included in the National Curriculum for Science.

The same subjects are studied in Years 8 and 9 as were studied in Year 7 but setting arrangements are a little different. Some setting takes place in Science during Year 8. All pupils get a “taster course” of German in Year 8. There will be setting in English in year 9.

In Year 10, the pupils start to study for external examinations. We offer GCSE, Vocational Level 2 (equivalent to GCSE), Vocational level 1 (lower than GCSE), and Entry Level Certificate (lower than Level 1) courses. A pupil can sit a combination of GCSE/Level 2/Level 1/ELC examinations.

In Years 10 & 11 each pupil will study the following core subjects

Welsh (3 hours) English (3 hours)
Mathematics (3 hours) Science (5 hours)
Religious Education (1 hour) Physical Education (2 hours)
Addysg Grefyddol (½ hour) Class Period (½ hour)


Pupils are placed in sets for Welsh, English, Mathematics and Science.

Three subject groups are available and the pupil chooses one subject from each group. Listed below are the subjects offered for 2012-2013 (GCSE unless specified):

History, Geography, Religious Education, Physical Education, Personal and Social Developement (Entry Level Certificate), Design and Technology – Resistant Materials, Design and Technology – Food, Design and Technology – Textiles, French, Information and CommunicationsTechnology (OCR), Music, Art, The Law (AQA), Chemistry, Physics, Biology (Triple Science), Health and Care (Level 2)
Offsite courses are also available – Motor Engineering (Level 1 - Coleg Menai, Llangefni), Hair and Beauty Therapy (Level 1- Coleg Menai, Bangor), Construction (Level 1 -Coleg Menai, Llangefni), Outdoor Activities (Level 2 - Dyffryn Ogwen), Retailing (Level 2 Coleg Menai, Bangor), Music Technology (Level 2, Coleg Menai, Bangor), Hospitality (Level 2, Dyffryn Ogwen), Public Services (Level 2 - Coleg Menai, Bangor), Hairdressing (Level 1, YSHO), Engineering (Level 2, Coleg Menai, Bangor).

(The curricular details (optional subjects and hours per subject) provided here relate to the 2011-12 academic year. Curriculum-related documents may be obtained from the Curriculum Deputy, Mr Dyfrig Jones.)

It is the school’s policy to enter pupils for examinations if there is any hope of success. If a disagreement arises about this, or about the pupil’s choice of paper, the school will explain its viewpoint carefully but will subsequently respect the parents’ wishes.

Students study Advanced level, Advanced Supplementary level and Vocational courses in the Sixth Form. Most students study four AS (or equivalent) subjects in Year 12 before going on with three or four A level (or equivalent) courses in Year 13, although it is possible to follow 5 subjects in Years 12 and 13. The school has offered the following A/AS courses or equivalent:

Welsh, English, Mathematics, Further Maths, Physics, Chemistry, Biology, Geography, History, Religious Education, Sociology, Music, Design and Technology, Art, French, German, Electronics, Physical Education, Information and Communications Technology, Drama, Psychology, Media (Games), Media (Film), Construction and the Built Environment, Engineering, Music Technology, BAC, Hospitality, Sports.

The aim of the Careers and the World of Work (CWW) programme is to help pupils develop skills, attitudes and abilities that will enable them to undertake and cope with a variety of jobs and situations as adults. We take full advantage of every opportunity that arises during lessons and tutorial sessions to refer to the world of work and economic awareness.

From Year 9 onwards, a greater emphasis is placed upon this and CWW becomes a part of the Personal and Social Education package for every pupil. In these lessons pupils will have the opportunity to get to know and use the Careers Library and Careers Wales On-line, which offer suggestions on suitable jobs which can be researched as a guide to further discussions on careers.

In Year 10 or 11 (and again in the Sixth Form) every pupil will spend five days Work Experience. An extended period of work experience is available for some Year 11 pupils.

Advisors from Careers Wales visit the school regularly and interview the older pupils individually. They also arrange workshops with groups of pupils and occasionally arrange events such as Careers Conventions for pupils and their parents. A representative from Careers Wales is present at Year 9 - 13 Parents Evenings.

Pupils and/or their parents can arrange an interview with one of these advisors, either by contacting the Careers Co-ordinator at school or by telephoning Careers Wales directly (01248 364682).

Bullying is not a major problem at the school but we do not take this for granted. The matter always receives careful attention. Bullying can be physical or verbal. It is essential that everybody in the school understands that bullying is totally unacceptable.

If a pupil feels that he/she is being bullied, the matter should be brought to the attention of the form teacher, or any other teacher, immediately so that the situation can be quickly resolved.

With everyone co-operating in this way, bullying will not to be a major problem at Ysgol Tryfan.

If the school is to operate in the best interests of every pupil, it is essential to have a clear system of discipline with easily-understood rules. Discipline has an important role in every society- especially self-discipline. By creating an environment where everybody is respected and where courtesy towards others is apparent, the school succeeds in maintaining a high level of behaviour.

Children will not be kept behind after school without their parents having had 24 hours notification of this.

We depend on the support of parents for the fair system of discipline operated by the school.

Following a serious offence, the Headteacher has the right to exclude a pupil for a number of days or permanently. Parents are entitled to appeal against such a decision to the Chairman of the Governing Body. A copy of the school’s disciplinary policy is included at the back of this booklet.

Yes, they are given the same provision as they received at primary school. Peripatetic music teachers visit the school regularly. It will be necessary to make part-payment for these lessons.

In general, it is the schools’ policy that we ask for payment for the following-

• Damage resulting from a pupil’s poor conduct;
• Raw materials for subjects such as Technology when parents express a desire to keep the finished product;
• Examination fees (including re-sits) when pupils were not prepared for the examination by the school;
• Modular examination re-sits fees (AS or A Level) if the pupil re-sits more than once.
• Examination fees when the pupil has failed to complete the course without adequate reason;
• Every non-essential activity occurring outside school hours;
• Lodging costs for residential courses arranged by the school;
• Travelling expenses from the home to work experience placement.

We believe that homework is important since it provides an opportunity-

• To practice what was learnt in the classroom;
• To extend the most able pupils;
• To provide parents with an opportunity to see what their children are doing in the classroom
• To prepare pupils for the requirements of GCSE coursework

Homework is given regularly and year 7, 8, 9, 10 and 11 pupils are given a School Home Book in which to keep a record of all the tasks which are set. Parents are requested to keep an eye on these diaries and to sign them on a weekly basis. Heads of Year will be monitoring the use of these diaries.

Contact the school at once so that we can look into the matter!

We are totally convinced that education is a partnership - between the pupil, the school and parents. Each has their own contribution to make.

You can take an interest in your child’s work by enquiring how things are going at school and taking an interest in homework.

Take advantage of Parents' Evenings and contact us at once if you have a problem or feel that we should be made aware of any matter.

You can help by supporting the school events - it will give you an opportunity to get to know the staff. There are also five parent representatives on the School Governing Body (see enclosed list).

There is a copy of our Home-School contract at the end of this booklet.

Pupils are expected to stay within the school grounds during the lunch hour. Any pupil who wishes to leave must have written permission. Pupils in Years 7, 8 and 9 are only allowed to leave school grounds if they are going home to eat.

The school has a canteen which provides a choice of hot meals every day. The pupils can choose which meal they want and there are also snacks and salads available. There are also choices of vegetarian meals every day.

A full meal costs £2.20 at present, but because of the cafeteria style, prices will vary. The canteen is also open during the morning break when a roll, soup or drink can be purchased.

Pupils are welcome to bring sandwiches with them and they can eat these in the canteen.

Pupils benefit enormously from activities that happen outside the classroom. The school eisteddfod provides pupils with an opportunity to develop their talents - be it ‘cerdd dant’ or disco dancing. The school has a very good reputation for public performances - for example the musical productions “Annie!”, “Oliver!”, “Godspell”, “Little Shop of Horrors”, “Teilwng Yw'r Oen”, “Man gwyn, man draw”, “West Side Story” and the annual carol service. Choirs and parties from the school always do well in eisteddfodau and national festivals.

There are a number of clubs at the school and many activities take place on the school fields during lunchtimes and after school hours. Teams and individuals from Tryfan have excelled at sport - on a local, county and national level.

The Physical Education department offers a wide range of sporting activities and encourages pupils to participate in sports- as players, coaches and as spectators. All traditional team games are played as well as individual activities.

Over the years, the school has excelled at football, rugby and netball- although we do have strong teams in the other sports as well.
The school's pupils have represented both the County and Wales in several sports.

The 5/60 Club also offers various activities throughout the year ( please see the website).

The most important thing will be the school uniform, below is a decription:

Girls Boys
Green sweat-shirt with the school logo
Red polo shirt
Black skirt / black trousers
Black or white socks
Black shoes (no trainers)

Green sweat-shirt with the school logo
Red polo shirt
Black trousers
Black shoes (no trainers)

Sports Girls Sports Boys
Red rugby shirt
White T-shirt or Polo shirt
Black shorts
Reversible rugby shirt with green stripe
Black shorts
Red socks
Football/Rugby boots; trainers


Important -
Jewellery and cosmetics – we allow one stud in each ear. Further piercings on the face are inappropriate in a school environment and can be very dangerous. We must also manage the use of makeup - We do not allow excessive or unnatural use.

Jewellery (including earrings) not permitted in the P.E. lesson.

An apron will be needed for the D&T (Food) lessons.

Free school meals/ financial help to purchase school uniform enquiries: Please contact the Benefit Office on – 01286 682690, 682805, 682698.

Krypton Kloth, Bangor (01248 372297)or Orchid Fashions, Bangor (01248 362506)

A calculator will be necessary - but wait until school has started. The teacher will be selling these so you will be sure to obtain a suitable one which is not too expensive. You could buy a geometry set beforehand.

The school makes every attempt to safeguard the pupils’ property and personal lockers are available. You should however bear in mind some basic regulations:

• You should place a name on each item e.g. coat, calculator
• Expensive items should be handed to the teacher during Physical Education lessons
• Large amounts of money should not be carried around the school - if a pupil has a substantial amount of money, it should be taken to the Office for safe-keeping at the start of the day.

Mobile telephones should not be brought to school. In an emergency, pupils may use the Main Office telephone after having received permission from the Headmaster/ Deputies.

The school cannot accept responsibility for property which has been left overnight.

Whilst noting the above, the school will make every reasonable attempt to assist a pupil who has lost an item of property to find it.

We place great emphasis on obtaining explanations for absence as this assists us to reduce truancy. We look carefully at the school register every morning at 9:30 a.m. and make telephone calls to inquire about absences. It therefore helps if you can telephone us quite early in the morning if a pupil is absent. If you have not been contacted, please give your child a letter to bring to school on his/her return. A letter will also be needed if your child needs to leave school grounds during the day e.g. to visit the dentist. With long-term absence, or absence from an external examination, a medical certificate may be required. Work will be set for the pupil – parents need to contact the Head of Year beforehand.

Holidays should not be arranged during term-time. If there are special circumstances, please discuss the matter with the Headmaster beforehand.

It is imperative that you let the school know if there is a medical problem which can affect him/her whilst at school e.g. epilepsy, an allergy, asthma.

You must contact the school if your child needs to take medication during school hours.
No medication will be given to a pupil without prior consultation with the parents.

If your child has a significant disability, you should contact the school to discuss this. There are several staircases in the school and we do not have lifts so it would be necessary to discuss the case of a child with a significant disability. The LEA has not designated Ysgol Tryfan as a school which it will adapt to meet the needs of pupils with serious disabilities.

The school has adopted the Local Education Authority’s recommended Health and Safety Policy. The health and safety of our pupils and staff is of utmost concern to us and we comply with all recommendations when working in workshops and laboratories and when undertaking Physical Education and on educational visits. A copy of the school’s policy is available on request.

One feature of our Policy is the need for all visitors to school to report to the school office on arrival.

Your child will be monitored by the office staff members. If we decide that the pupil should be sent home, we will contact you to make arrangements to collect him/her from school.

We will not allow a pupil to go home unless we know that there is somebody at home to look after him/her.

School Events Calendar 2017 - 2018
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The LEA’s ‘standard number’ for Ysgol Tryfan is 100 pupils per year (Years 7 – 11).

Complaints should be referred to the Head Teacher in the first instance. This can be done in person, by letter or by telephone. He will then review the situation and you will get a response within 3 days at the latest. If you are still not satisfied, you can present your complaint to the Chairman of the Governors - c/o Miss Bethan Thomas, Clerk to the Governors, Ysgol Tryfan. You also have the option of discussing the matter with the Education Authority. In accordance with the requirements of the Secretary of State, under Section 23 of the Education Reform Act (1980), the LEA has established a procedure to consider complaints about the way governing bodies operate in relation to the school curriculum and other related matters. This procedure is outlined in a document which can be obtained from the school.
Correspondence should be addressed to – Mr Dewi Jones, Head of Education, County Offices, Caernarfon 01286 672 255.

Ysgol Tryfan is a bilingual, comprehensive school, supported by the Local Education Authority.

The school believes in providing education of the highest standard for all its pupils. This means that we operate an Equal Opportunities policy- taking no regard of sex, disability, background, religion or ethnic origin. If you feel that this policy is not being implemented you should contact the Headmaster or the Chair of Governors.

The Governors have adopted a Racial Equality Policy. A copy of this and other policies e.g. Special Educational Needs Policy may be had by contacting the school.

IMPORTANT: Pupils will sometimes be photographed whilst involved in school activities and these images may then be used for publicity purposes or for the school’s website. Parents should inform the school if they are unwilling for images of their children to be used in this way.

This is the school’s “mission statement”:

In Ysgol Tryfan we aim to create a close-knit, Welsh-speaking community where everyone-

• Is happy and confident;
• Succeeds to the limit of his/her ability in all areas;
• Develops self-respect and respect for others;
• Is fluent in Welsh and in English.

We aim to achieve excellence in all aspects of our work.
The school believes in being open and accountable.


1. To Provide education of the highest standard to assist the individual pupil to acquire knowledge about himself/herself, to develop the resources that he/she has to the best of his/her ability and to overcome his/her weaknesses.

2. To create an environment which will nurture a good relationship between each individual, and to teach the pupil to respect and value the character, talents and the views of other people.

3. To enable each pupil to become fluent in both Welsh and English in order to become aware of the community and the world in which he/she lives and to promote an understanding of his/her background and environment.


1. To develop a wide, balanced and relevant curriculum for every pupil which fulfils the requirements of the National Curriculum and school and LEA policies.

2. To nurture and develop each pupil through the pastoral system which exists to care for the welfare and development of pupils.

3. To enable pupils to achieve the necessary qualifications so that they will be able to contribute responsibly to the community that they will eventually become a part of.

4. To develop contacts with commerce and local businesses and a close relationship with parents, further and higher education and the community as a whole.

School Staff 2017/18

Translation to follow...

Staff Dysgu

Gwyn Tudur - Pennaeth
Dyfrig Jones – Dirprwy Bennaeth
Mari James - Dirprwy Bennaeth
Alan Jukes – Pennaeth Mathemateg
Bleddyn Williams - Pennaeth Daearyddiaeth a Phennaeth Blwyddyn 8
Ceri Midgley – Pennaeth Addysg Grefyddol
Cheryl Jones – Ffrangeg, Saesneg
Cheryl Roberts – Pennaeth y Gymraeg a Chydlynydd Llythrennedd
Elin Angharad Jones – Cymraeg
Gareth Griffiths – Pennaeth Ffiseg / Pennaeth Gwyddoniaeth ar y Cyd
Gethin Morgan – Gwyddoniaeth a Phennaeth Blwyddyn 9
Gruff Arfon – Addysg Gorfforol
Gwenllian Roberts – Dylunio a Thechnoleg (dros gyfnod mamolaeth Bethan Morgan)
Gwenno Roberts – Pynciau Cyffredinol
Gwilym Eifion Jones – Gwyddoniaeth, Busnes, Pennaeth Blwyddyn 10 a Chyd-gysylltydd Gyrfaoedd
Hefin Evans – Pennaeth Cerddoriaeth
Heledd Elfyn Thirsk – Cymraeg a Drama, Cydlynydd BAC CA4 a 5
Iwan Lynes Edwards - Pennaeth Technoleg Gwybodaeth a Chyfathrebu
Jane Parry - Pennaeth Bioleg, Gwyddoniaeth
Janet Maher - Pennaeth Celf
Kim Jones - Saesneg
Manon Morgan – Cymraeg
Meurig Jones - Pennaeth Hanes a Phennaeth y Chweched Dosbarth
Miriam Jones - Mathemateg
Nia Griffiths Jones – Pennaeth Cemeg / Pennaeth Gwyddoniaeth ar y Cyd
Nia Wyn Jones – Cydlynydd Anghenion Dysgu Ychwanegol
Nia Williams - Pennaeth Ieithoedd Modern
Ruth Thomas - Addysg Gorfforol ac Iechyd a Gofal Cymdeithasol
Sera Fôn Williams - Mathemateg
Shiwan Gould-Davies – Pennaeth Addysg Gorfforol a Phennaeth Blwyddyn 7
Sioned Davies- Pennaeth Saesneg
Siân Williams - Athrawes Cynhwysiad yr Hafan
Siôn Edwards – Pennaeth Dylunio a Thechnoleg a Phennaeth Blwyddyn 11

Uwch Gymhorthyddion Cyflenwi

Tammi Jones
Tracey Skillin

Cymorthyddion Dysgu

Eleri Edwards
Guto Griffiths
Ieuan George
Kevin Evans
Lois Wyn Hughes
Rhiain Julio
Rhys Jones

Staff Ategol

Bethan Thomas – Rheolwr Busnes a Chyllid
Beverley Owen – Cymhorthydd Gweinyddol
Dafydd Owen – Gofalwr
Meryl Wyn Jones – Swyddog Data
Nêst Williams - Ysgrifenyddes
Sam Durrant – Technegydd TGCh

Name Category Role
Mrs Menna Jones Parents Llywodraethwraig Ddynodedig Cydraddoldeb
Mrs Lowri Elis Parents Llywodraethwraig Ddynodedig Amddiffyn Plant
Mrs Siân Eleri Morgan Parents Llywodraethwraig Ddynodedig Hyrwyddo’r Gymraeg
Mr Carl Mather Parents Is-Gadeirydd a Llywodraethwr Dynodedig Iechyd a Dioglewch
Mr Arwel Jones Parents  
Mrs Angharad Harris Education Authority Chair
Mrs Jên Dafydd Education Authority  
Cyng. Elin Walker-Jones Education Authority Llywodraethwraig Ddynodedig ADY
Cyng. Huw Wyn Jones Education Authority  
Mrs Janet Abas Community  
Mr Wil Parry Community  
Mr Gwilym Owen Community  
Mr Dafydd Hardy Community              
Mr Sam Durrant Staff   
Mrs Nia Griffiths Jones Teacher  
Mr Meurig Jones Teacher  
Mr Gwyn Tudur Head  
Miss Bethan Thomas Clerk  
Pupil Governors    
Megan Huws Medi 2017-Awst 2018
Cai Fôn Davies Medi 2017-Awst 2018


Contacting the Governing Body
To contact the Chair of the Governing Body or its members one should first contact Miss Bethan Thomas (Clerk to the Governing Body) at school or by e-mail -

The Governing Body supports the Curricular Aims adopted by the Local Education Authority. These are outlined below, but the full document can be obtained by contacting the school.

1. To foster above all else a civilised society which emphasises moral and human values, developing self-respect as well as respect, tolerance and concern for others

2. To enable every individual to be a full member of the bilingual community of which he/she is a part.

3. To enable each individual to gain, develop and qualify in language skills and mathematics.

4. To enable each individual to develop intellectual, creative, social, practical and physical skills.

5. To lean about mankind’s achievements and aspirations, in the arts and sciences, in religion and the search for a better community.

6. To enable each individual to acquire knowledge, attitudes and skills which are relevant to adult life, to work and unemployment in a world of constant change, to further education and to the creative use of leisure.

7. To help each pupil to understand the world in which he/she lives and the way in which individuals, groups and nations are inter-dependent.

Ysgol Tryfan’s mission statement refers to “…creating an environment where everyone is happy and confident; succeeds to the utmost of their ability in all areas; displays self-respect and respect towards others”. If these aims are to be realised, a disciplined environment is a pre-requisite. This policy aims to ensure that this is realised

To emphasise self-discipline and highlight this in all of the school’s activities.
To have rules of conduct which are constructive and emphasise positive behaviour.
To have a disciplinary procedure which ties in with the school’s procedures for rewarding good behaviour and good work.
To have all teachers administer the disciplinary/rewarding procedures consistently and fairly and to have the support of parents.

1. Everyone has a part to play in ensuring good discipline at school.

2. Pupils are expected to show respect towards one another, respect towards staff and visitors and to respect the property of the school and that of other pupils. Staff will always show respect towards the pupils.

3. Pupils are expected to be in their lessons on time and to bring the necessary equipment with them. They are always expected to do their best.

4. Pupils are expected to respect the authority of their teachers and to obey their instructions.

5. Bullying in any form is unacceptable and every instance will be considered as a serious matter.

6. Good work will be rewarded. Work which has not reached the standard expected or cases of mis-conduct will be punished in accordance with the school’s disciplinary system.

7. The rewarding and disciplinary systems will be administered in the first instance through the Subject Head (for academic matters) or by the Head of Year (but may also be administered by the Head, a Deputy or the form teacher).

8. The rewarding and disciplinary procedures will be administered equally to every individual in a fair manner.

9. The school recognises the crucial role played by parents. Parents will be informed of any significant deterioration in their children’s work or behaviour and will be contacted if the matter is serious.

10. Any punishment will be commensurate with the nature of the mis-behaviour and consideration will be given to:

• The pupil’s age;
• Any special needs that the pupil might have;
• The pupil’s previous history at this school;
• Any special circumstances e.g. home circumstances;
• Peer-pressure;
• The likelihood of repeating the mis-deed;
• The effects on the rest of the school.

11. Pupils may be punished by setting them extra work or by keeping them in at lunch or “Break” times. The Head of Year, the Head or one of the Deputies may also punish pupils by keeping them behind after normal school hours. Where this is to be done, parents will be given at least 24 hours notice.

12. For serious mis-conduct, the Head (or in his absence a Deputy) may suspend a pupil from school for a specific period. If this is done, the Council’s procedures will be followed and the statutory rights of parents will be respected.

13. The school recognises the important role played by outside agencies in disciplinary matters e.g. Education Welfare Service, School Psychiatric Service, Police, Probation Service, and the school will co-operate with these agencies as required.

14. The Governors leave the day to day implementation of the Policy to the Senior Management Team but the Governors will monitor its implementation.

Click here to download the agreement.


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Headteacher: Mr Gwyn Tudur
Ysgol Tryfan,
Lôn Powys,
LL57 2TU.

Phone: 01248 352633
Fax: 01248 361264